The world football governing body FIFA has invited Eaglet players, Kelechi Iheanacho and Dele Alampasu to the FIFA Ballon D’or gala in Zurich on Jan. 13, 2014.
These players were invited as a result of their performance in the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigerian in Dubai.
”On behalf of FIFA, I would like to congratulate you once again on winning the Adidas Golden Ball Award (Iheanacho); Golden Gloves (Alampasu) at this year’s FIFA’s U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates for the best player of the tournament,” wrote Sandra Marfurt, Head of Special Events and Guest Management.
“We would like to end this successful year with you and your companion as our guests of honour at the annual FIFA Ballon d’Or gala at the Zurich. Kongresshaus on Monday, 13 January 2014.”
The FIFA Ballon d’Or is an association football award given annually to the player who is considered to have performed the best in the previous year. It is awarded based on votes by coaches and captains of international teams, as well as journalists from around the world.
The award started in 2010 after France Football’s Ballon d’Or and the men’s FIFA World Player of the Year award were merged.
The winner of the inaugural 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or was Lionel Messi who then went on to reclaim the title the following two years.
After the merger, the FIFA World Player of the Year award became a women-only award.